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Absences, Make-up Work and Grades - November 2010 Revision

Note: This procedural directive was reviewed and revised in May 2013. We provide this revision for historic purposes only. Please refer to the current procedural Directive.

When a student is absent from school due to illness, a death in the family, religious attendance, family emergency, diagnostic testing, doctor’s appointment, or other emergency as verified by the parent and accepted by the principal, that student will be allowed to make up work missed. Parents will be notified through newsletters, school handbooks, or any other community communication, that it is their responsibility to notify the school of the student’s absence and the reason for the absence.

If the student is or will be absent, the parent/guardian may call the school and request make-up work. Teachers will need at least twenty-four (24) hours from the time of request to compile the assignments.

It is the student's responsibility to request make-up assignments upon return from absence. Failure to request make-up assignments does not minimize the importance of make-up assignments and their impact on the student's progress. It is understood that the student will have the opportunity to complete the work in a period of time equal to the number of days absent unless this creates an undue hardship for the student. When a student is absent, make-up work may be adjusted from the original assignment so that learning needs are met without overburdening the student, teacher, or parent/guardian.

No student will be refused permission to make up work missed during an excused absence. In general, for authorized or excused absences the student will be afforded the opportunity to make up all work without penalty within a reasonable length of time. In cases of unauthorized absences, the principal and teacher will judge the merit of providing make up work and will judge each case on it own merit.

Grades may not be reduced because of attendance or disciplinary action per se. Grading plans may include participation grades as a part of an overall grading method. Student’s grades may suffer as a result of mathematical averaging of missed assignments or zero participation grades. However, grades may not be reduced as a direct penalty for non-attendance.

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NSBA/NEPN Classification: JH

Revised: May 1995
Revised: April 1996
Revised: May 1997